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Young Tongan to receive award from Queen Elizabeth

Twenty-six year old Elizabeth Kite will proudly receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth in London, for her work leading to educational initiatives for young people and those living with disabilities in Tonga.

The award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.

“Being selected as a Queen’s Young Leader will further assist me in my efforts to provide equal opportunities for all Tongan citizens,” said Kite.

She teaches a braille class to visually impaired students as a volunteer at the Mango Centre for the disabled. The centre provides rehabilitative therapy, education and vocational training to disabled Tongans.

In addition, she co-hosts a radio programme led by the Talitha Project aimed at encouraging young women and girls to make informed life decisions on topics such as reproductive health.

Kite will represent Tonga as she joins other winners from around the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, designed to help them develop as leaders and work with greater impact to transform people’s lives.

The busy programme involves a visit to 10 Downing Street, master classes at BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook, and meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General. They will also take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said that this year’s Queen’s Young Leaders are doing remarkable work within their communities.

“Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion positive change that will last for generations to come.”

“The residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth,” she said.

“We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”

The programme ends with the launch of the final ever search for the Queen’s Young Leaders.

The award ceremony will be held on June 29.  
Source: Tonganow online
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